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Calendar of Events — August 2013

All programs are free for JANM members and included with admission for non-members, unless otherwise noted. Events are subject to change.

Reservations are recommended for most programs; you may use the links below. You may also RSVP by emailing or calling 213.625.0414 at least 48 hours in advance. Please indicate the name, date, and time of the program, as well as your name and the number of people in your party.

For all ticketed events (classes, workshops, food tours, etc.), pre-payment is required to hold your space. Cancellations must be made 48 hours in advance or no refund will be issued.

Saturday, August 3, 2013
1:00 PM

Common Ground Exhibition Tour

events/commonground_6.png Tour our ongoing exhibition Common Ground: The Heart of Community with our knowledgeable Museum docents.

In conjunction with the exhibition Common Ground: The Heart of Community
Saturday, August 3, 2013
2:00 PM

The House on Lemon Street: Japanese Pioneers and the American Dream by Mark Howland Rawitsch


In The House on Lemon Street, historian Mark Rawitsch tells the story of California’s Harada family and their National Historic Landmark house on Lemon Street in Riverside. In 1915 Issei immigrant father Jukichi Harada bought the house in the names of his three youngest children, who were American-born citizens. Neighbors protested because of the family’s Japanese ancestry, the State of California filed suit to oust them from their new home, and the first Japanese American court test of the California Alien Land Law of 1913—The People of California v. Jukichi Harada—was the result.

Q&A with author to follow.

Presented in collaboration with The George and Sakaye Endowed Chair, Asian American Studies Center, UCLA and the National Museum. This book is the first installment of the George and Sakaye Aratani Nikkei in America Series.

Purchase the book from the Museum Store >>

Read our interview with the author on >>

Saturday, August 10, 2013
11:00 AM—5:00 PM

Natsumatsuri Family Festival



Celebrate the summer with our Natsumatsuri Family Festival. Our Natsumatsuri will have crafts, cultural performances and activities, and so much more!

• Celebrate Portraiture Now with a self portrait.
• Beat the heat by decorating and constructing a cool fan.
• It’s a JANM summer festival tradition! Make a wacky paper hat to show your style.
• Ruthie’s Origami Corner: Fold a hopping frog!
• Bounce around in our fun bounce house.
• Toddler Room: A fun place for our youngest guests to hang out in.
• Making wishes during the summer is a Japanese tradition. Make your own Tanzaku with our fun activity!

11AM: Doors open.

11AM-3PM: Grow Your Own Media will screen print a special JANM Natsumatsuri tote bag just for you! For children only, while supplies last.

11:30AM • 12:30PM: Taiko is a Japanese American tradition! Learn how to play taiko drums with JANM docent Hal Keimi.

12PM • 1PM • 2PM: Take a family tour of our historical exhibition Common Ground: The Heart of Community with our experienced docents and learn how to fold a new origami shape!

12PM-5PM: We’ve brought back the popular activity from the kip fulbeck: part asian, 100% hapa exhibition. Take a picture and respond to the question “What Are You?”

1PM: What is Obon all about? Rev. Bill Briones of Los Angeles Hompa Hongwanji Buddhist Temple will discuss the history and traditions of Obon in Japan and the United States.

1PM-5PM: Let Party Faces give you a cool airbrush tattoo! For children only, line ends at 4:30PM.

2PM-5PM: Suehiro Kimono Agency will show you how to wear a yukata! Yukata are traditional Japanese garments worn during the summer to keep cool. For children only, line ends at 4:30PM.

2:30PM: Get ready to dance! Los Angeles Hompa Hongwanji Buddhist Temple will show you how to dance traditional Japanese folk dances.

4PM: Join us for our first mariachi concert at JANM! Roger Del Norte, the Japanese mariachi singer, will perform with the Mariachi band MEXICAPAN. Mariachi singer Lupita Infante will join as a special guest for the concert.

4:30PM: Enjoy a fun taiko performance by L.A. Matsuri Taiko!

5PM: Doors close.

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Generously sponsored by American Airlines, the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs and the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.

Thursday, August 15, 2013
6:00 PM

JANM Young Professionals Network - Little Tokyo Summer Nights


Come mix, mingle, and network with other young professionals during a special evening at JANM. Visible & Invisible: A Hapa Japanese American History will be opened to attendees. Early attendees will be treated to a private tour by co-curators Professor Duncan Williams and Dr. Lily Anne Welty.

Food and drinks (including beer, wine, sake, and limited cocktails) will be provided; music will be provided by DJ Roldan; and the 2013 Nisei Week Court will be selling raffle tickets for several great prizes (including Dodgers tickets, an Apple iPad, and Hollywood Bowl tickets).

6:00 p.m. Private Exhibition Tour (space is limited)
6:30 p.m. Mixer

Purchase pre-sale tickets here:

Saturday, August 24, 2013
11:00 AM

Summer Soboro Chicken Rice Supper Workshop with Sonoko Sakai

events/chickensoboro.jpg Soboro is a delicious Japanese dish that uses rice as the centerpiece of a meal. The menu will consist of rice made in a donabe clay pot, and served with a variety of toppings. There will be vegetable side dishes to enhance the rice dish and a refreshing fruit dessert. $70 members, $80 non-members. RSVP early, 16 students max.

Saturday, August 24, 2013
2:00 PM

Artist Talk and Workshop with Shizu Saldamando

events/shizu.jpg Join Portraiture Now artist Shizu Saldamando for an artist talk and portrait workshop. Check back for updates.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Exhibition Closing

Visible & Invisible: A Hapa Japanese American History closes.

Saturday, August 31, 2013
10:15 AM—12:15 PM

Little Tokyo Walking Tour

events/2007-07-28_walkingtour___18_1_14.jpg Relive history and learn about present-day Little Tokyo with Museum docents. $9 Members; $14 non-members, includes admission. Comfortable walking shoes recommended. Weather permitting.
Saturday, August 31, 2013
12:00 PM—4:30 PM

Indigo and Shibori Techniques with Shibori Girl


In this 2-day workshop we will focus our intentions on practicing itajime (fold and clamp) shibori on recycled kimono lining silks. Once considered as precious as gold, old silks are being discarded at an alarming rate! Let’s breathe new life into them and improve our understanding of both silk and itajime shibori. Indigo and colorhue dyes will be used in this workshop.

Both days (Saturday, August 31 – Sunday, September 1): $70 members; $90 non-members, an additional $45 materials fee (cash only) will be collected at the beginning of class, admission is included. RSVP early, 20 students max.

Saturday, August 31, 2013
2:00 PM

Gone to the Forest by Katie Kitamura

events/gonetotheforest.jpg Named as one of the Telegraph’s “Five Young Novelists for 2013” and a finalist for the New York Public Library’s Young Lions Fiction Award, Katie Kitamura is establishing her presence in the American literary scene. She will discuss her newest book, Gone to the Forest. Set on a struggling farm in a colonial country teetering on the brink of civil war, Gone to the Forest is a tale of family drama and political turmoil.



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